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Ride to Work Day 2011



21 October 2011

On Wednesday 12 October over 40 Cumberland Campus based staff and students (with over 300 from the University of Sydney taking part in total) joined the more than 45,000 Australians taking part in Ride to Work Day. On arrival the hoard of hungry cyclists were rewarded with a free healthy breakfast at JDV Food Court, sponsored by CIS Sustainable Campus and Campus Rewards.

Donna Pearman - Workplace Coordinator for Ride to Work Day
Donna Pearman - Workplace Coordinator for Ride to Work Day

All cyclists who registered received a free 'cycle-themed' goody bag and many took advantage of the complimentary mini servicing generously provided by the crew from Cycleworld Burwood.

Many students took time out to be part of the local newspaper coverage by the Auburn Review and to cheer on the winners of three prizes for the day.

Prizes were awarded to:

  • Robby Dalitz (speech pathology) - Longest distance travelled (over 60 km's one way from the Blue Mountains!)
  • Clea O'Brien (medical radiation sciences) - Best dressed bike
  • Pete Halstead (physiotherapy) - 'Worst' helmet hair

Robbie Dalitz - Longest Distance Travelled on the day
Robbie Dalitz - Longest Distance Travelled on the day

A name to remember is Robby Dalitz from the Blue Mountains, whose regular 60 kilometre commute down to Lidcombe is followed by the inevitable 60 plus kilometres home again in the afternoon up the mountain! What a ride, what a cyclist and what a great inspiration for other aspiring cyclists out there. Whether its 2kms or 60kms Cycling is a fun way to stay fit and commute to uni while doing your bit for the environment.

Clea O'Brien- Best Dressed Bike
Clea O'Brien- Best Dressed Bike

Pete Halstead - Worst Helmet Hair
Pete Halstead - Worst Helmet Hair

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The University actively encourages and supports a 'Healthy University' and cycling by providing bike parking racks and shower facilities. If you are feeling inspired and you want to give Cycling to Uni a go this spring, try riding with a fellow student or colleague, it's a great way to encourage each other and have some fun on the way.

For more information about cycling to Uni contact the Cumberland Ride to work Coordinator Donna Pearman or visit the Cumberland Cycle to Work website